The first responders were the local police and the fire brigade officials. It affects the brain leading to headache, nausea, vomiting, unsteadiness and problems in walking. We also reiterate here the promise that our team of reporters, copy editors, fact-checkers, designers, and photographers will deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda. “Our initial information is that workers were checking a gas storage tank when it started leaking. There was 1,800 tonnes of styrene stored at the plant at the time of the leak. Some will need to be put on a ventilator. More details on this are awaited. MOS Home G Kishan Reddy has spoken to Andhra DGP and Chief secretary on the gas leak in Vizag. The long stagnancy of next six weeks made way for some chemical changes inside the storages causing auto-polymerisation. He assured Reddy of all help and support to the public from the Centre. "A dedicated team will provide all the required assistance and also our Department team is on-site, manning rescue operations. All train movement has been stopped near Vishakhapatnam due to the gas leakage from the plant near Simhachalam station. At least two people have died after gas leak at the pharmaceutical firm. At least 15 persons were at the factory to maintain it during the lockdown period and a few others reached there today to reopen operations,” Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang said. At least five persons are dead and hundreds sick after poisonous gas allegedly leaked from the LG Polymer plant at Gopalapatnam on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, reported Indian Express. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy enquired about the gas leak incident and directed the district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control. Leaked gas can cause vomiting and dizziness from inhaling. Water sprinkler will be brought in to try to reduce it to zero.". However, as most of the residents were fast asleep and cops had to break open doors to shift people some of whom had already become unconscious. A specialised team was being sent from Pune. In a couple of hours, the situation should improve,” Vizag Collector V Vinay Chand said. He assured Reddy of all help and support to the public from the Centre, ACP West Zone Visakhapatnam told News18 that the gas was leaked out from two 5,000 tonne tanks, which had been unattended since March due to the COVID-19 lockdown. FIR has been registered against the company," he said. Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang told ANI that the gas has been neutralised. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. He said, 'The incident happened at around 2:30 am. Two children hugged each other as a rescue worker tried to revive a woman, possibly their mother. The South Korean company managing this has to be responsible for gas leak, said Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister MG Reddy. Nearly 1,000 people have been exposed to the gas and styrene has leaked out of the factory, said NDMA. Hundred to 120 people have been shifted to the hospital. Cattle and birds were also knocked unconscious by the gas leak. The inquiry will look into it. We are doing everything possible.” Residents complained that the gas leakage caused a burning sensation in the eyes extreme difficulty in breathing. An official of LG Polymers issued a statement that there was 1800 tonnes of styrene in the storage tank. FIR registered: RK Meena, CP Visakhapatnam City. The situation was very serious till 6 am as the poisonous gas leaked till then. He has alerted the officials concerned to see that poisonous gases that emit from such chemical industries should not take a toll on people, He also said: "Two of our General Secretaries ( Sri.Shiv Shankar & Sri Bolisetti Satya ) who hails from North coastal Andhra are monitoring the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam.". Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy told News18: "We’ve written to the Korean embassy seeking an explanation from Company senior management. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. How many kilos of gas has leaked is a matter of investigation. "We are also mobilising specialised technical support to assist the medical practitioners in the area who may not have dealt with this kind of emergency," Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Kamal Kishore told. Former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam and urged residents of the city to take necessary precautions. The sick have been taken to RK Hospital in Visakhapatnam where they are undergoing treatment. A gas leak happened, that should not have. #AndhraPradesh 100-120 ppl have been shifted to hospital. For it to reach to safety level- the emission has to come to zero. Accordingly, criminal action will be taken against them' he said. Jagan Mohan Reddy will leave for Visakhapatnam and visit the King George Hospital where the injured are being treated. he said. It said it was seeking to ensure casualties received treatment quickly. Trains being diverted and some being regulated reports News18. Over 200 people have been admitted to hospital. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke to Andhra Pradesh’s chief secretary and director general of police and took stock of the situation. Episode 5 – Radhika Apte - Her Moods, Her Make-up and Her Movies. He also noted that the administration was doing its best to bring the situation under control at the earliest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy regarding the Vizag gas leak. "Situation under control now. Bharatiya Janata Party national President JP Nadda on Thursday expressed grief over the deaths in the Visakhapatnam gas leak mishap and called on party workers to provide all possible relief to the affected in coordination with the administration. The commissioner of the Visakhapatnam city corporation said styrene leaked from the plant during the early hours of the morning, when families in the surrounding villages were asleep. “My condolences to the families of 5 people who passed away due to gas leak at a private firm in Vizag, AP early hours today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the NDMA, of which he is the chairperson, and took stock of the situation on the ground as well as the response that has taken place till now and the response required from across the board. As a subscriber, you are not only a beneficiary of our work but also its enabler. Over 200 are reported to have fallen sick though several media reports pegged the number at 1,000. This is an illness that is not universally fatal.”. Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said he had spoken to the chief secretary and DGP of Andhra Pradesh to take stock of the Visakhapatnam gas leak. The primary report is that polyvinyl chloride gas, (reports say that it may Styrene as well) had leaked from LG Polymers, Vepagunta near Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam at around 2:30 am on Thursday morning, reports News18.